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Read all about CAT 2019 question paper including difficulty level, topic-wise weightage, RC topics for both slot 1 and slot 2 exam. Also download CAT question paper 2019 for free.

CAT 2019 question paper

CAT 2019 question paper was released by IIM Kozhikode for slot 1 and slot 2 on November 29. The questions papers were accompanied by official answer keys and question-wise solutions. Candidates preparing for CAT 2022 must go through the CAT previous year question paper to know the difficulty level of the questions, marking scheme and change in exam pattern if any. In this article, you will get CAT question paper 2019 PDF for free download along with analysis of both slot 1 and slot 2 papers. Read on.

The structure of CAT question paper 2019 is same as that of question papers of previous years as the CAT exam pattern has not changed in the last five years. The difficulty level and topic-wise weightage of questions were different from previous years, though. Take a look at the break-up of CAT 2019 question paper of slot 1 below:

CAT 2019 Question Paper: Section-wise break up of questions

The question paper of CAT 2019 was divided into three sections having both MCQs and non-MCQs. The number of MCQs were more in all the sections and apart from VARC questions, all were of easy to moderate difficulty level.

Section

MCQs

Non-MCQs

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

23

11

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)

24

8

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

27

7

Total

74

26

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CAT 2019 Question Paper: Slot 1

Given below is detailed explanation of CAT question paper 2019, slot 1, including section-wise distribution of sections, topics and difficulty level.

VARC section:

The VARC section CAT exam paper 2019 had a total of 34 questions (24 from RC and 10 from VA). There were 5 RC passages of 550-600 words. Four passages had five questions and one passage had four questions. The topics of RC passages were:

  1. British Folk Music
  2. Topophilia
  3. Emperor Penguins
  4. Internet Shopping and Choice Anxiety
  5. Origin of Story of Alladin

The VA section had 4 questions on parajumbles, three on out of context sentence and three on summary. Overall, the difficulty level of VARC was moderate to difficult.

DILR section:

The DILR section of CAT 2019 exam had 32 questions divided into eight sets. Out of eight, six sets were from Logical Reasoning and two sets were on Data Interpretation. Each set had four questions.

Logical Reasoning sets included:

  • Linear Arrangement in Super Market
  • Archery
  • Prizes to be put in 100 boxes
  • Coding
  • Streets Intersection
  • Dancers and Composers

Data Interpretation sets included:

  • Bar Chart + Table Crimes in States
  • Spider Chart on 5 vendors and 6 attributes

QA section:

The QA section of CAT question paper 2019 was of medium difficulty level. In total, it has 34 questions, out of which, 13 were easy, 13-15 were medium and 6-8 were difficult. This section had maximum number of TITA questions (11). The questions were from the following topics.

QA topics

Number of Questions

Arithmetic

13

Modern Math

8

Geometry

7

Algebra

5

Total

34

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CAT 2019 Question Paper: Slot 2

The CAT question paper 2019 of slot 2 was same as slot 1 with marginal difference in difficulty level. Given below is detailed explanation of CAT 2019 question paper, slot 2, including section-wise distribution of sections, topics and difficulty level.

VARC section:

Cat 2019 question paper of slot 2 also had five RC passages with 24 questions and 10 VA questions. Out of five RC sections, four had five questions and one had four questions. Word count of all the RC passages was 400-500.  Apart from one passage all were easy to read but inferential in nature with very close options.

RC passages of slot 2:

  1. Dense Cities
  2. Google and Archaeology
  3. Distributing Bureaucracy
  4. Language& Culture
  5. British Colonial Policy

VA section had questions from the following topics

  • Jumbled Sentences
  • Contextual Odd Man Out
  • Paragraph Summary

DILR section:

The DILR section of slot 2 was also same as slot 1. The two DI sets on Scatter plot on Rainfall and spider chart on Profit/loss were easy and so was the set on Venn Diagram. Some of the sets were slightly tricky, like the ones on different rows/columns and teams with languages; while sets on tournaments, doctors and setting of the paper were difficult.

  • DI Sets
  • Scatter plot on Rainfall
  • Spider chart on profit/loss
  • Different rows/columns
  • Teams with languages
  • Tournaments
  • Doctors
  • Setting of the paper

QA section:

The QA section of CAT question paper 2019 slot 2 was much easier than that of last three years. A number of Arithmetic and Modern Math questions were easier. A number of questions had a mixture of concepts. Candidates had to qualitatively know various properties and concepts, and apply them accordingly to solve the questions. Like slot 1, this CAT paper too had 11 TITA questions in the QA section.

The questions were from the following topics.

QA topics

Number of Questions

Arithmetic

13

Modern Math

6

Geometry

5

Algebra

10

Total

34

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FAQs Related to CAT Question Papers

Q: Where can I find CAT previous year papers?

A: Since CAT is an online exam, hard copy of the CAT question paper is not available. However, you can download previous year CAT question papers at Shiksha. Scroll up to download CAT previous year question paper 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 free.

Q: How many questions are there in CAT exam?

A: There are 100 questions in CAT exam. VARC has 34 questions, DILR has 32 questions and QA has 34 questions. In CAT 2020, the total number of questions were reduced to 76 as the exam duration was reduced to 2 hours. In CAT 2021, the total number of questions were further reduced to 66. 

Q: Who sets the CAT question paper?

A: CAT question paper is set by the IIM that conducts it for a particular academic year. Since IIM Indore conducted CAT 2020, the question paper was set by its exam convening committee. CAT 2021 question paper was set by IIM Ahmedabad which conducted the exam.

Q: Why is CAT exam tougher than other MBA entrance exams?

A: The difficulty level of CAT is usually moderate to difficult same as that of XAT and IIFT, but what makes CAT tougher than any other MBA entrance exam is the competition. CAT has the highest number of test taker every year (over 2 lakh).

Q: How is CAT different from other MBA entrance exams?

A: The sectional time limit of CAT exam makes it different from other MBA entrance exams. Also, the RC passages of CAT exam are long and mostly inference based as opposed to other MBA exams where RC passages are mostly fact based.

Q: Which section of CAT question paper has the maximum weightage?

A: The Quantitative Aptitude and VARC sections have 34 questions each while DILR has 32 questions, but in CAT 2021, Quantitative Aptitude had 22 questions and VARC sections had 24 questions, while DILR had 20 questions. 

Q: Is the CAT question paper of slot 1 different from slot 2?

A: Yes, the CAT question paper of slot 1 is different from slot 2, but there is not much difference in the difficulty levels of both the papers. Whatever the slight difference is reported, it is normalised before calculating scaled CAT score and percentile so that no student gets undue advantage or disadvantage.

Q: Which CAT question paper is easier? Slot 1, slot 2 or slot 3?

A: There is no major difference between the difficulty levels of slot 1 and slot 2 question papers of CAT. Only one or two questions are slightly tough or tricky. However, this aspect is negated by normalization process while preparing the CAT result so that every candidate is judged on the same level.

Q: Which type of RC passages are there in CAT exam?

A: In CAT, RC passages are mostly inference based. They could range from Art & Literature to Sociology. For example, in CAT 2019, there were passages on British Folk Music, Topophilia, Emperor Penguins, Internet Shopping and Choice Anxiety and Origin of Story of Alladin.

Q: Is calculator allowed in CAT exam?

A: Personal calculator is not allowed in CAT. However, the candidates can use the onscreen computer available to them on their test systems. It is best recommended that candidates develop the skill of mental calculation as it helps in saving a lot of time. 

Q: Is 95 percentile good in CAT?

A: With 95 percentile in CAT, you have stand the chance of getting admission into MBA courses offered by the IITs, NITIE, BIMTECH, MDI, IMI, IMT, etc. You may also get a seat in baby IIMs, if your academic profile is good.
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Which colleges can I get with 75 %ile in CAT?

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LPU is known for its MBA. LPU provides quality education, with great scholarship programs plus holistic learning opportunities. As per the eligibility at LPU, student need to Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or...LPU is known for its MBA. LPU provides quality education, with great scholarship programs plus holistic learning opportunities. As per the eligibility at LPU, student need to Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT and Interview or Completed Company Secretary CS from Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) or Completed Chartered Accountancy CA from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) or Completed Cost & Management Accountancy (CMA) from Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI). Applicant should have 80 percentile or above in CAT or MAT or all India rank upto 20000. For more detials you can check the website.

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Harsh Pandey

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At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto...At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto 20000 in CMAT or 230 and above score in NMAT then LPU NEST is exempted.

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General cut off to get into FABM for general is 80, for OBC, it is 70 and for SC and ST, it is 60.

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Hello Priyanka, CAT is one of the most commonly accepted exam. CMAT XAT MAT exams are also accepted in IPS business school.

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We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error. 2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it wh...We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:
1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error.
2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it while entering their personal details.
3. Uploading unclear photograph and signature: uploading your photograph is the last step of entering your personal details in the CAT application form.

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An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam. The CAT exam eligibil...An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam. The CAT exam eligibility has remained more or less the same in the past years. As per the CAT notification for CAT the same criteria will be followed without any changes. Aspirants should review the criteria, given below in detail, to check if they are eligible for the exam before they begin preparing. They should understand the factors and requirements to appear for CAT 2022 to avoid disqualification at any stage of the admission process. Moreover, candidates should also identify the eligibility criteria for the B-schools separately along with the difference in the eligibility requirements for CAT and the IIM.

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Utkarsh Tiwary

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The MDI Gurgaon is the best college which has defence quota. The percentile which is required by MDI Gurgaon under defence quota is expected as 94 percentile. It is also the best college for defence.

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To start first start with your basics remember these 4 to 5 points 1) read 1 hour every day
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